jeremy bible & jason henry - glare
Jeremy Bible and Jason Henry are two productive artists based in Canton, Ohio, an area of the United States referred to as 'the rust belt' due to its rapid industrial decline. Similar to their surroundings which contrast rural farmland against decaying industrial landscapes, the duo contrast various sounds and styles in ways that can be compared to the elegant and subtle color contrasts created by painters of fine abstract-expressionist art. Utilizing field recordings, found sounds, acoustic instrumentation and electronic soundscapes, their compositions take place in the wide field of musique concrete, experimental acoustic music, and electronic sound design.
"glare" is a huge piece of modern contemporary music. 5 tracks, about 60 minutes duration.
From the first track, you can almost grab the intense and exciting spirit, being inherent in these pieces. Dark and gloomy melodies meet abstract glitches, lost radio frequencies, mysterious field recordings and other interferences. With all these ingredients, Jeremy and Jason create warm, nostalgic, and at times frightening scenery.
It smells like old basements, dusty treasure chests, old physical instruments and yellowed pictures from your grandmother's photo album.
The duo's growing catalog of "sound paintings", each creating a new experience, will see release through a growing list of labels including Resting Bell, Gruenrekorder, Abgurd, Gears of Sand, and their own imprint, Experimedia.
December 2, 2008
not quite the same
quite simply, a very long beautiful and haunting journey, and a very strong release BUT it isn't up to their great standard. whilst this should be a 5 star release for the productive duo, the fact that its a 4 is down to the rest of their jaw-dropping work. they are, quite simply, in an elite group of people i consider ground-breaking ambient artists - along with offthesky, ian d hawgood, celer and marihiko hara you have THE most exciting artists around...adn three on resting bell (the same three also on the excellent Experimedia label). so...a good release, very good...but not quite the perfect work.
July 8, 2008
very very deep
this is very deep dark and huge sounding stuff. there is nothing small about this and it fills up the room (with my big speakers) with deep tones and mid frequencies to boot. overall, not a big fan of this kind of darkish ambient but nonetheless a well balanced and thoughtful piece of work. another excellent release from one of the best labels around, resting bell